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Jussie Smollett is best known for his current role on the hit television drama “Empire.”

The actor plays a character named Jamal Lyon, who is a gay R&B singer and songwriter. Much of the character’s storyline focuses on him being gay and his father’s disapproval of his lifestyle.

Smollett is also gay in real life.

Now, CNN is reporting that authorities believe Smollett was targeted because he is gay and because of the color of his skin.

According to Chicago police, during the early morning hours of January 29, two people attacked Smollett and “yelled out racial and homophobic slurs” at him before pouring “an unknown chemical substance on the victim.”

One of the attackers then tied a rope around Smollett’s neck before both of the suspects took off. As TMZ reports, the attackers reportedly yelled “Aren’t you that f****t ‘Empire’ n****r?” and “This is MAGA country.”

According to TMZ, the attackers were also reportedly described as “white and wearing ski masks.” However, a website called Reason is reporting that Chicago police are denying that the attackers were ever described as “white”:

“According to the victim, the offenders’ faces were concealed. We have no record indicating that [they shouted ‘MAGA’], we only have record of them shouting racial and homophobic slurs at him.”

Smollett later reportedly took himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

He has since been labeled as in “good condition.” Police said in a statement:

“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime.”

CNN’s Don Lemon was able to speak with the actor and his friends while he was in the hospital. Smollett admitted that he is “shaken and angry that an attack like this could happen.”

He also said he fought back during the attack.

A representative from 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment released this statement to CNN:

We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our “Empire” family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.

The attack comes reportedly eight days after Smollett allegedly received a threatening letter. The note, which was spelled out using magazine letters, read:

You will die black f*g.

Smollet has received a wave of support on social media since news of the hate crime broke.

Anyone with information regarding the attack is asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.

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8 Replies to “Actor Jussie Smollett Reportedly Attacked and Had Rope Tied Around Neck in What Police Call a Hate Crime”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    It’s spelled ,tied not tide.

  • Craig Murphy 2 years ago

    This has false flag all over it. Seen it before, heard it before. And since when has Chicago been MAGA country?

  • Bunny Heppner 2 years ago

    This is lies…where exactly…exactly…did this happen, what time…outside, inside? Somewhere where they were able to use a rope and ?chemicals? What are his injuries? Sounds like good pub for a low tier “celebrity”.

  • Mikki 2 years ago

    This is a made up story. He needs to come clean. Does he crave attention so much he has to make things up?

  • Michelle Kasper 2 years ago

    I agree, this is obviously a made up story designed to malign white people, President Trump and those that support him. I am beyond disgusted and sickened by the lengths Democrats, the liberal supporting media, and the general hypocritical/ignorant “snowflake” population will go to for whatever their “reasons” are at-the-time! We are now living in an era of anti-police, anti-Christian/God, anti-white, anti-Semitic, anti-conservative effort based on a pushed Obama era agenda and distorted or hidden facts/statistics by the media. This country, and ALL in it are doing much better these days thanks to our President. What has been done and/said about him, his family, his supporters, etc. is the real crime. I and many others were devastated at the 2 terms we had to endure Obama, and we did so without any of this disgraceful behavior (lying, bullying, making things up, prejudice, name-calling, physical attacks, destruction of property, etc. etc.). Believe me, if it is confirmed that he is lying — the media will not report it!

  • Vee 2 years ago

    Only crime committed here is filing a false police report. This idiot should be arrested.

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